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faces a rising tide of opposition as the facility marks twelve years of scandal and scrutiny it's very easy to end one ton of. release the man that you're not prosecute but the white house is unswayed saying process is a luxury can do without him detaining these men. it's hard to tell right now exactly how one will be down here doing this mission we report from inside guantanamo bay on the future of one of the world's most maligned prisons plus r t you visit yemen the home of more than half of the remaining inmates we report on plans to build one town in my base excessive there and how detainees relatives view this situation. and i publically funded paradise british taxpayers are
surprised to learn they for more than ten million pounds in the last four years to support a small island community in the pacific. broadcasting twenty four seven live from moscow are you with. three dozen of america's most respected former generals and admirals have joined calls for guantanamo bay prison to be closed and the military facility itself has just turned twelve years old having survived
torture scandals hunger strikes and global scrutiny artie's anasazi chalk in a brings us her final report from guantanamo. when it comes to this prison the numbers speak for themselves since being set up after
the attacks of nine eleven a total of seven hundred seventy nine detainee have been held at guantanamo today one hundred sixty four people remain over half of them have been long cleared for release but remain locked up a total of six people is currently under trial alleged prisoners of war brought here since two thousand and two removed from the battlefield of america's ever expanding war on terror it's both the policy of the u.s. not to hold anyone longer than necessary but we also know that whenever we release someone we assume a richness over a period of more than a decade the majority of detainees held here have been set free and
if the men of guantanamo are really these superhuman monsters you know the worst of the worst quote dick cheney. they would have been really. most of those still kept locked up have not been charged and are being held indefinitely what sort of a black hole of the system where the president of the united states simply refuses
to say the innocent but u.s. officials say the law of war brings behind this barbed wire the idea that in a war when you capture folks you as the capturing authority are permitted to hold people during the duration of hostilities. when hostilities and or if there's no longer any purpose legitimate purpose to to hold them then they must be released a tiny problem the war on terror has no geographic borders with men once held here repeat treated to a wide array of countries. who are only specific to guantanamo you can't even you couldn't even the case on the u.s. mainland because it would be unconstitutional and illegal the war on terror also has no end in sight and national security is a popular excuse to simply ignore the law. the spite the rhetoric really isn't about national security or prisoners being so dangerous that they can't possibly be released and that can't be true after being locked up the legal process if any
moves at a glacial pace in two thousand and twelve five detainees were transferred to had completed their military commission sentence two were court ordered released. detainees been repatriated and one was a suicide over the years countless detainee claims of mistreatment and abuse dozens of suicide attempts mass hunger strikes lost patience and hope just this year the majority of the prison population refused to eat for six months street only to be force fed the. mandate that we have is being able to provide adequate nutrition to preserve life washington has appointed a new envoy to close a camp that is a dark spot on america's image this comes after a mass hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that some have dubbed the gulag of our times even if close it seems. to mean a stage in u.s. history forever it's very easy to end one ton of right you release the men that
you're not prosecuting. and as you said only six men are being prosecuted right now the military prosecutor has made clear that he intends to prosecute a few more but he's also made clear that it won't be more than a few more the record on a promise to close the notorious facility on day one of his presidency he's now in his second term it's only a president who can do it and the idea that it's you know that it's congress's fault is just not correct it is the president the top holding these men in detention some the president has to come in and this. it's hard to tell right now exactly how long will be down here doing this mission. the s. and stacy churkin at r.c. guantanamo bay cuba well more than half the prisoners still at guantanamo
a yemeni national was the arab countries considering building a new facility to receive inmates after their release leading it to be dubbed guantanamo bay. lucy caffein of has just returned from yemen and where she met relatives of the detainees and shed her experiences with my colleague bill told. it's difficult to stay positive about these detainees coming home when you've been waiting us long as over a decade as was the case with some of the families who we've met now yemen is in a specific different situation for a variety of reasons than other countries more than half of the remaining detainees are get many citizens fifty six of them have been cleared for release to get sent back from guantanamo not a single one has come home and in fact the last citizen to return to the country came home in a body bag and twenty twelve and that is the fate that some of the families that we met with worry could be in store for for some of their loved ones one of the fathers that we met said that his son told them everything was going well and then basically found out through news reports that his son was participating in quite
ill from the hunger strike which we have covered here at r t is interesting enough there were reports of a similar detention being set up in yemen do you read into that right so basically to get any government has been pushing for years now for a so-called rehabilitation facility which would basically take these detainees help them adjust to society and make sure that they don't rejoin with terrorist networks which is the main concern of the united states what we're learning now is that the united states and yemen actually had secret talks in rome about this proposed facility but there's very little details that have emerged and the issue really boils down to trust and money yemen has tried to use this as a political issue to get more funding from the united states in the past so the u.s. isn't necessarily willing to foot the bill actually the funding issue something that we spoke to about with yemen's human rights minister his cost of money we want. to integrate them into society to. give element in this society i'm sure
that they have. any. yemeni government because they have the feeling that we neglected them since a long long time and just briefly it's not a perhaps it could actually be closed i absolutely would not read into about it at all or u.s. official. the key concern isn't the difficulty of reintegrating these former detainees into society it's the concern that these detainees will reintegrate into al qaeda networks and it's not a completely not valid one we have to remember that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula was founded by former guantanamo detainee so it's certainly a valid concern this is going to be such a long way off i mean if we waited this long for it to close unfortunately i don't think it's going to be sped up just because of this idea. and we've plenty more on this on line from interviews with former guantanamo inmates to be international pressure using the facility do you head to r.t. dot com. later in the program afghanistan's drug disaster reaches a whole new level twenty thirteen season i'm president it's opium cultivation after
a decade of failed international efforts to tackle the problem. also a shadow workforce r.t. looks at why illegal migrant labor in russia is becoming such a divisive issue. sun surf and sand it's a tiny tropical paradise in the south pacific and home to just over fifty people and all the residents of the pitcairn islands pay no tax they get tens of thousands of pounds per person each year straight from the pockets of the british taxpayers so it's a city report somewhere all that money is going. have you ever heard of pic care. ok not fair. not ever heard of picked karen. to pick an island. i think in the pacific so if.
you know that part of your taxes go to that island. have you ever heard of pitcairn . if you've never heard of pitcairn and you're an e.u. citizen it might be well worth knowing for that's where part of your taxes are going. to cairn is one of britain's overseas territories a small island in the south pacific with a total population of about fifty people now locals don't pay taxes of the island's main source of income include tourism and postage stamps but it's still heavily reliant on british and e.u. eight well let's break down the numbers here in the ninth european development fund or e.t.f. received two million euros in aid allocated for infrastructure building in the tempi v.f.p. it can receive two point four million that's a total of four point four million in thirteen years about six thousand eight hundred euros per person per year but that's not all earlier this year it emerged that the u.k. had sent about ten million pounds over four years proponents of development aid the
importance of maintaining quote solidarity and peace in developing nations and the european commission has indicated its attention to strengthen the focus of the e.t.f. on the world's poorest countries but details are scarce on how that assessment of the allocation will be done but critics in the e.u. well particularly in the u.k. have long been voicing their disapproval on the government's money management which is essentially protecting what's given to others while slashing budgets for those at home now a two thousand and twelve you gov survey says that fifty four percent of the british public think that the british government should not be giving very much overseas aid. regardless of what public opinion surveys say for now the status quo remains in place reporting from london i'm tess are cilia and online we're reporting on the great lengths some european countries are going to just to put money in their coffers at the moment malta for example is just a week away from selling off e.u.
passports for a whopping six hundred fifty thousand euros which. opium farmers in afghanistan are expecting a record harvest this year bringing huge profits for heroin traffickers and taliban militants according to the latest u.n. report poppy production continues to spread at a staggering pace with some grow is claiming government officials are taking a cut from the lucrative business opium cultivation inspired by more than a third in two thousand and thirteen bringing the country share of global heroin surprise to around ninety percent. investigates the problem. opium production has increased forty times in afghanistan since nato started its war on terror in two thousand and one and now the drug money goes to fund terror and god knows what else not to mention of course thousands of lives taken by heroin consumption every year but expect more drugs coming out of afghanistan because the
value of opium is so much higher than any other crop available to afghan farmers that afghans are not planning on giving up on poppies anytime soon even though the tribal leaders in the afghan government publicly denounce opium production according to afghan farmers they still manage to packs them for that and this is what one farmer said government officials grow opium themselves and if they don't grow it themselves they rent out their land to farmers who grow it if the officials don't care about the law there is no reason for us to respect it that's according to this farmer for more than a decade nato and the us of course of the government that it had put in place in kabul every fuse to impose a clear ban on poppy growing possibly thinking such a ban would turn more people against the u.s. but here's how u.s. officials explain it this isn't just trying to eradicate property and the opium it's also trying to give people an alternative mechanism to live and to feed their
families but there is so much money behind narcotics that even with alternative ways to make a living it's very difficult to imagine that such massive drug production will stop unless there is a clear cut then on it in washington i'm going to check on. the director of. agency to even off says the international community baz a large share of responsibility for the drug disaster gripping afghanistan. the international community approved the use of military force to oust the taliban from afghanistan but at the end of the day we have seen a forty foot increase in production the. world powers took responsibility for afghanistan and now this country is supplying the rest of the planet with its most destructive drug afghan heroin has killed more than a million people in the past decade of war i think we should all be concerned about that. and former afghan m.p.
died stilton zoe says opium production is bound to rise further when nato forces withdraw when did leave in large numbers and very few are left for training nice really the cultivation will increase that trafficking it will increase their western nations. did not come to afghanistan to address this issue of drugs as afghans i am fully aware that the international community has a mandate was not to address the drug issue in afghanistan it was terrorism but unfortunately it did not recognize the relation of drug cultivation trafficking and terrorism and they should have recognized it much earlier and they should've. put them together and they should have addressed it in a joint effort. on today's edition of breaking the set looks at america's impact on the drugs trade in afghanistan. here's a quick text. the taliban had banned it almost completely eradicated opium
afghanistan shortly before the us invaded some of these headlines the corp when he was even lauding the taliban success fast forward to today the harvest this may result in five thousand five hundred metric tons of opium forty nine percent higher than last year wow that's a lot of heroin and a lot of money being made someone's got to be reaping the spoils which brings us back to war which has always been about two things resources and control. exactly what happened that day i don't know but i killed. piers later is when i got arrested. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about polygraph results. innocent people to confess to police officers don't beat people
anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse they were taking they could do what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said. the idea that. they could talk. to the risk of being good to see whether by agents is a bit of a state or you can buy private enterprise and it's crazy.
again you're watching r.t. now russian migration officials are pushing for tougher checks on foreign workers they want to ensure that incomers have all the necessary papers and to limit the time they can stay in the country artie's paul scott takes a look at these statistics sam perceptions are moscow's foreign labor force. migration in moscow is a sensitive subject right now following last month's murder of russia the back of allegedly at the hands of an azerbaijani migrant and the nationalistic riots that followed the issue is firmly in the spotlight and an r.t. camera crew has found out just how sensitive the topic is we went to a market on the outskirts of moscow to try and film an interview with mohamed mage i'm the president of the russian federation of migrants just by getting private mission to film it soon became clear our presence was not welcome. you russian though i have to repeat myself the site ends with the fence we have in chile set up
our interview away from the market. yes i think they may have suspected some illegal activities of course and when you have thousands of migrant some of them may not have work permits or residence permits. the exact number of migrants in moscow is hard to calculate the best estimates put the figure at around one quarter of the population and according to official statistics one in five murders one into rapes and one in three robberies a carried out by migrants the authorities are keen to be seen to be tackling the problem as we found out before our meeting with mohammed. since the rest in the outskirts of moscow police have been camping down on the illegal immigration every friday they go on a range of accommodation places of looking for illegal immigrants it's friday morning and we're going with the police on one of those raids and it didn't take long for the police to get down to business demanding people's paperwork. you know where do you leave. where do you leave. now the raid on the outskirts of
moscow in the step i was last day to just about an hour and so far police have rounded up thirty five individuals who don't have the correct paper walk. around one hundred eighty thousand work permits are granted each year according to mohammed this figure is far too low. to address it so you need to conduct a survey as to how many migrant worker a small school needs if it needs a million workers you should issue a million work permits not a mere hundred thousand. it's believed around three million migrants are working in moscow ninety four percent of them illegally this is creating a vast black market for cheap labor a market there's some looking to keep out of the spotlight put scott. moscow. she has become the face of a shaky health care reforms and has the emotional scars to prove it is cyberbullying over her and wanted role in promoting obamacare reaches fever pitch
we've got the details of this story online for you and also there pope francis is cross the italian mafia one investigator says and could be in danger as he pursues his vatican crackdown on church corruption you can read about this story too at r.t. dot com. wiki leaks has published part of the draft of a u.s. brokered international trade deal whose exact wording has been kept secret for years the trans-pacific partnership agreement or t p p's expected to encompass eleven nations representing about forty percent of the world's g.d.p. critics have already dubbed this game anti consumer they say the elite makes it clear that it's tailor made for major corporations allowing them to strengthen their monopoly control over sectors from i.t. to pharmaceutical goods recently almost two hundred u.s. lawmakers resisted pressure to fast track the greens and that puts the deal in real
danger according to a lawyer from the public says and consumer advocacy group. it's an outrageous secretive process and this is going to significantly increase the pressure not only become aggression or move but the fact that for the first time countries proposals are are exposed in the united states is visibly isolated it has clearly lost the debate and is simply trying to bully and pressure countries by hook or by crook into lining up with big pharma hollywood anywhere the united states can get that agreement but it's really not looking very good for those proposals. and another trade deal being hammered out by the u.s. and the you could see individual corporations lifted to the status of nation states will artie's financial guru max kaiser says that would legitimize some highly controversial business activity. so they pass a law to give the ability to go down to the amazonian jungle go to a country like ecuador who very committed of ecological whole cost and committed
wholesale murder like we haven't seen in fifty or sixty years and then go to the victim's families and say we know we killed your mark we know we killed your son but you always fifty thousand dollars because we got to play you are bought and if we don't get out of there job little god is going to collapse. you can watch the full kaiser report a little later on now the white house is urging congress not to impose new sanctions on iran saying they could damage progress in ongoing international nuclear talks however washington has gone ahead with its annual renewal of what's called a state of emergency against iran and the old sanctions still stand and america's ally israel seems to be putting all its lobbying power is into hitting iran with new restrictions but middle east political analyst side thinks that further measures would harm u.s.
interests. has provided a golden opportunity for. the global community to come around to table and iron out an agreement but introduce a new sanctions at the same time that you are inviting for that in the goetia nations is quite contra productive and may a road to confidence of really and. to continue the negotiations and the only thing iran is trying to achieve is kind of for a go condition by five plus one about legal enrichment and to having. right for food. technology. some international news in brief now in thailand protests against the political amnesty bill and gathering pace with thousands flooding the streets of the capital bangkok critics say the legislation would allow as did prime minister thaksin shinawatra to dodge a jail sentence for corruption and return from exile the legislation was rejected
by the senate on monday but could be put forward again by the lower house in six months time opposition party said call for demonstrations to continue to demand the government resign. egypt's supposed leader mohamed morsi has accused the military backed government to treason and warn the country cannot recover if his islamist party isn't put back in power he made the comments from prison through his lawyer it is the most significant statement the former president has made on egypt's current crisis since he was detained at the beginning of july and morsi is due to go on trial in january on charges of inciting violence. palestinian negotiators has pulled out of peace talks with israel citing a lack of progress since they regime didn't july the head of the delegation says the decision by television to continue settlement expansion rendered third in the goshi ations meaning us officials from both sides admit they failed to find common ground in the last few months. for me in about thirty minutes time next though it's
abby martin and breaking the set. you know i love these rare moments where actually of something fairly sounds positive to share with you the f.d.a. is working to partially hydrogenated oils which are the leading source of transparent some foods and possible. the cause of up to twenty thousand heart attacks per year across the usa according to f.d.a. commissioner margaret hamburg as you know i would like the chemicals in my food kept to a minimum but the thing is the people at the f.d.a. are surely aware of all the hormones in beef and jim o's being produced why does the span have such a very narrow narrow focus in fact when you look at all the things that americans consume smoke use that to swear health some get the violent band hammer while
others are completely tolerated if you ever talk to a hardcore marijuana smoker they'll tell you but dude we does better for you than beer and that's legal man and they kind of have a point i think there is this is one of those rare instances where a balance position isn't really a good idea well the country could go the libertarian route and let it be everything be legal let people make their own choices or do what i think would be much much better actually really bad all the things that are destructive to our health both of these paths have positive and negative effects but they are a lot better than our current plan of bands some harmful things for some reason and allow other harmful things because well they lobby better but that's just my opinion.
they think the economic ups and downs in the final months they should learn to deal sang i and the rest that life is a neat way to be a prickly. what's going on guys i'm abby martin and this is a break in the set you guys i was on they were really serious in talking about the mark. the beast yes it's here well maybe not in the biblical sense but what i have to show you is some crazy see google's patent in the first electronic neck tattoo that's right the web giant planets the other are the roads everything from smart phones to gaming devices and here's what it might look like all hands free option to make phone calls or listen to music without your phones may sound appealing to
some this technology could easily be transformed for more sinister purposes according to the patent cyber tattoo could even be used as a lie detector and the about this with everyone so worried about hacking and spine in the wake of the n.s.a. revelations who's to say that a digital tattoo capable of monitoring vital signs can be hacked as well so is this the future people volunteering to be consumers slaves proudly displaying their google bar codes on their next god i hope not. the. it's a. very hard to think that. you ever had sex with her hair.
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